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Oh Tasha, I'm so sorry this has happened to you. It must have come as such a shock. I have no real words of advice except that this would obviously be a good time to follow your dream if you have one, eg pursuing a career change if it is something you have always wanted to do but the circumstances just haven't been right.

 

You always come across as someone who is positive, upbeat & compassionate. Wishing you lots of luck at this time. Alli xx

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If you're in a business-related job, and if you're not already on it, get yourself on LinkedIn and be as active as you can. Not only is it an easy way of letting all your contacts know you're looking without having to pluck up too much courage, but all the recruiters use it now, and they're really active in looking for people by job title, background etc. You can contribute to groups and discussions - all ways to get you noticed in a very 'real' setting.

 

One trick is to make sure you've got your settings to show who you are (I think it defaults to private viewing, so change it) and then go and look at people's profiles who you'd like to speak to - if they're active enough, they'll see that you've viewed your profile, and look at yours - it's basically a way of getting your CV in front of people without them advertising a job. I've made loads of contacts both in business and recruitment by waving my profile in front of people...

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If you're in a business-related job, and if you're not already on it, get yourself on LinkedIn and be as active as you can. Not only is it an easy way of letting all your contacts know you're looking without having to pluck up too much courage, but all the recruiters use it now, and they're really active in looking for people by job title, background etc. You can contribute to groups and discussions - all ways to get you noticed in a very 'real' setting.

 

One trick is to make sure you've got your settings to show who you are (I think it defaults to private viewing, so change it) and then go and look at people's profiles who you'd like to speak to - if they're active enough, they'll see that you've viewed your profile, and look at yours - it's basically a way of getting your CV in front of people without them advertising a job. I've made loads of contacts both in business and recruitment by waving my profile in front of people...

 

....although if you go down that route, make sure the only information you put into your profile is information you'd be happy to release in an interview.

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Ah, Tasha, i've only just caught up with this... so sorry to hear it!

 

I've been made redundant 4 times in my career, the most recently in March of this year. In my experience i would disagree with 'take anything that comes along' as it doesn't show the next employer that you respect your own skill set. I tried this, in desperation, and applied for much junior jobs. I was given a few interviews and rough rides because the interviewers couldn't work out why i'd want to wipe out a decade of good experience.

 

Respect yourself and pitch at the right level, ideally, but don't be afraid to take sideways approaches. I'm on my 3rd maternity leave cover post (temporary posts) and have just been offered both an extension to the contract and a strong probability that i'll be offered a job share post permanently. If i'd been willing to move, I would have been offered full time permanent post within 2 months of joining the firm.

 

Treat temporary posts and maternity cover posts seriously as job possibilities, they are a foot in the door, and then when in them treat like very long job interviews: if the employers like what they see they'll find a way to keep you. Each of my maternity covers ended up in a permanent job eventually.

 

Public sector employers will have recruitment freezes on permanent posts at the moment, but temp/mat leave cover posts are usually released for filling. Sign up with public sector employer job alerts as well as online recruitment.

 

even in these hard financial times I was made redundant at the beginning of the month and had picked up a temporary post before the end of the notice period: i got the package, such as it was, and a new job in the same week...it can happen.

 

You are a fantastic, energetic, loyal, creative, dedicated employee and an employer will want you to work for them.

 

all the very best!

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Well its been an odd few months!

 

I now have an end date at work - 27th October, I am now working part time so I have Mondays and Fridays to job hunt. I'm actually relieved that I have a finish date now :D

 

At first I panicked and applied for jobs at half my current wage and was amazed when I was rejected but I have now calmed down and am applying only for jobs I'd like to do and that are closer to my skill set and that is getting better results in replies and questions which is nice

 

I've done some sums and although losing my company car will be a shock I am sure we will get through it. I do think that working close to home will be a great relief and mean more quality time at home which really was our aim when we moved here a few years ago :roll:

 

I am hoping that this opens a much more contented period in our lives and am trying to stay positive

 

Thank you all again for your support and useful information :D

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I don't know if this helps but a few weeks ago my husband stopped being a policeman, I did moan on here a bit :oops:

He joined in 1976 and we couldn't imagine how he would feel especially as it was against his wishes. He's loving it, he's home more, he can leave his current work there and isnt constantly phoned which used to annoy me. He's far more relaxed and turns out it was a good thing. I hope it will be the same for you.

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Keep busy OH walks daily and does bits in house and garden - he likes Thursdays as I am off so he has a mate to entertain him :lol: . We do the coffee, shopping and bitsa this and that. Hes good he disappears while I clean ( I am anal about people walking on my just washed floors :shameonu: ) good luck

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I have been made redundant once, but I had smally children at the time and was glad to have a "career break". Once my DS went to infant school I returned to the workplace. However, I still remember how horrible it felt , like a rejection. But, as many others have said, don't let it dent your confidence, you are fantastic, the economy sadly is not. I am sure you will find something you would love to do soon, it may even surprise you as it forces you to re-appraise exactly what it is you would like to do....keeping my fingers crossed for you x

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Sorry about your news. I haven't been on the forum for ages so I've only just seen this.

 

As I think you know, our middle schools in North Suffolk have now closed and we all faced redundancy in July. Both hubby and I worked in the middle school system so it was a worry for us both.

 

I wasn't sleeping and even though hubby secured a job in a primary school early on, I had a really tough time facing being without a job. There was absolutely nothing being advertised in our area for my subject specialisms and I was really down hearted and depressed.

 

One day, I was teaching art and our head came in with a print out of an e-mail. It was from a head in a middle school in another part of the county stating that he had a position available. It was perfect for me and he stated in the e-mail that he would prefer a middle school teacher. I called him that day, arranged a visit and was called to interview a few weeks later. I now work in a lovely school which is not dissimilar from my last place and I am very happy. I could do with the drive being less distance but it has meant that I've had to get a new car :D .

 

What I'm saying is that I too felt awful that having worked for the same school for 13 years, I was faced with uncertainty and then a job came out of nowhere and I'm happy and settled once again. Best wishes that you get a similar result.

 

Jan

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Just caught up with your post too and want to wish you all the very best. It's a scary time :anxious: but I'm sure it will turn out well. Everyone else has given you really good advice and I would share the "see it as an opportunity" school of thought.

 

I was also recently made redundant (16th Sept) and, like Janty, went through the nights of waking up at three in the morning wondering what on earth I was going to do. Firstly, I learned who my friends were - and it was not always the people I expected that turned out to be really supportive. Secondly, I appreciated my animals, especially Cleo-cat who was happy to be cuddled no matter what hour of the day or night. Puddy-cat whinged if I woke her up, but Cleo just purred and purred :D .

 

I have now been offered a job in Wrexham, which is a step down from my previous post and consequently pays less, and I still think it will be a good move. It's close to my family, not being a head of department may be a lot less stressful and they actually want me (as opposed to my previous council, where the councillors had been trying to get rid of me for three years because they saw me as the pet of the previous group in power :shock:)

 

I had been contemplating a complete change of career and possibly running a cattery, but jobs in my own field became available and I was offered this one, so I'm going with it. If you're up for a new challenge, it may be worth thinking about what else you might want to do - part of me was quite sad to give up the cattery idea. Could pet-sitting be an option?

 

Sending you lots of virtual ((hugs)) and hoping you get to do whatever you want to do :pray:

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Good luck. I was made redundant two years ago, (the day before my birthday LOL - that wasnt a happy one i can tell you :P ) I had very mixed feelings, with the company i worked at i really thought a had a job for life and never gave it a second thought i would have ever been made redundant. They decided to cut the amount of branches it had and my branch in wrexham was one of the ones to get the chop.

 

I thought i wouldnt have a problem finding a job, as last time i was made redudunat i only applied for two jobs and was offered a job for both!!!

 

after a month and going to lots of interviews i started to think it was looking grim. I took care of the shopping and ensuring our spending was at a minimum. My OH was working, but we werent entitled to financial help bar the contributions JSA which came to about £52 a week. but every little help.

 

I was out of work for almost 6 months, i was applying all the time and i my problem was for a lot of jobs i was applying for i was over qualified. I reluctanctly joined an agency and was offered a temp to perm job doing exactly what i did before!! couldnt believe it. I have been there now for two years and i am on slightly more money than my previous job!

 

Again wish you all the luck! Eventhough things may seem hard at times i promise they will get better :)

 

edit: on another positive note, we didnt get into debt because of it, just wise spending and staying in out home lots

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Well I can confirm that there is life after redundancy

 

I left work on 27th October and after a brief period of illness and feeling sorry for myself I brushed myself down, bought a car, learned how much fuel costs (!) did some odd jobs round the house and thought vaguely about applying for some jobs

 

Then someone contacted me about a new job, I went for an interview and was offered a job at the end of November with a start date of this Thursday

 

So refreshed after a nice long break I am eager to get back to work!

 

Thank you all for your encouragement and kind words, for anyone in a similar position please have faith and stay enthusiasic about the prospect of a new job - redundancy is not the end but is a new beginning x

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